Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation

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International winners of Ashden Awards 2017, ranging from Africa to Asia, showcased their work with a focus on scaling clean energy innovation at the Ashden International Conference 2017 held at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London on 13 June 2017.


Titled Scaling clean energy innovation: Expanding markets, reaching new places and developing capacity, the conference was hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The event brought together clean energy innovators, industry leaders, NGOs, investors and academics to present and discuss current themes and trends in the sustainable energy world.


International winners of Ashden Awards 2017 illustrated how they are creating opportunities for growth and investment in the clean energy sector. Their presentations were followed by discussion panels comprising the winners and external experts.


The event started with introductory remarks by chair, BBC’s Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin.


Then, Sarah Butler-Sloss (Ashden Founder Director) welcomed the delegates, highlighting the fact that decarbonisation our energy system while bringing sustainable energy to all is a formidable challenge that requires extensive collaboration.


The event comprised four sessions:

  • Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy
  • Accelerating expansion to new geographies
  • Developing local skills and capacity
  • Sustainable urbanisation


An outline of each session is presented below, along with the members of each panel. For more information on the winners, please visit Ashden’s web page on award winners:


Session 1: Disruptive innovation and opportunities for clean energy


Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Thomas Duveau, Mobisol, East Africa (the winner of the Ashden Judges’ Special Award)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo, Futurepump, Kenya (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water)

Panel 1 comprised:

  • Thomas Duveau (Mobisol)
  • Charles Ahenda-Bengo (Futurepump)
  • Magdalena Banasiak (UK Department for International Development DFID)
  • Michael Wilshire (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)


Session 2: Accelerating expansion to new geographies


Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Daler Jumaev, Pamir Energy, Tajikistan (Winner of the Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access, supported by the IKEA Foundation)
  • Nate Heller, PEG Africa, Ghana (Winner of the Ashden Award for Innovative Finance, supported by Citi)


Panel 2 comprised:

  • Daler Jumaev (Pamir Energy)
  • Nate Heller (PEG Africa)
  • Jeffrey Prins (IKEA Foundation)
  • Dario Traum (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)


Session 3: Developing local skills and capacity


Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Sita Adhikari, Empower Generation, Nepal (Winner of the Ashden Award for Clean Energy for Women and Girls, supported by UK aid)
  • Mauricia Nambatya and Russell Matcham, Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT), Uganda (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, supported by Grosvenor)


Panel 3 comprised:

  • Anya Cherneff (Empower Generation)
  • Mauricia Nambatya (Haileybury Youth Trust HYT)
  • Prof Yacob Mulugetta (University College London UCL)
  • Scott Roy (Whitten and Roy Partnership)


Session 4: Sustainable urbanisation


Presentations by Ashden Award winners:

  • Wu Guoxiong, Hangzhou Bicycle Service, China (Winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Transport)
  • Harit Soni, Ecolibrium Energy, India (Winner of the Ashden Award for Powering Business)

Panel 4 comprised:

  • Wu Guoxiong (Hangzhou Bicycle Service)
  • Harit Soni (Ecolibrium Energy)
  • Lisa Conibear (Shell Foundation)
  • Tai Lee Siang (World Green Building Council and Asia Pacific Network)


Closing remarks


After Roger Harrabin, presented a summary of the sessions, Sarah Butler-Sloss delivered the closing remarks.


What a better world it would be if all these initiatives and projects are rolled out and scaled up, she said and highlighted several points that are vital for the endeavour of bringing sustainable energy for all:

  • Collaboration, especially private-public
  • Innovation that takes technology to people
  • Capacity building
  • Doing more with less/ efficiency
  • Convergence, which is already taking place (e.g. energy and Sustainable Development Goals SDGs)


Ashden Awards 2017 ceremony will take place in London on 15 June 2017.


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